trench wrote: ↑December 7th, 2017, 8:49 pmYou are spot on Isaacs, set yourself goals but be patient it's a slow process but remember it should be an enjoyable one. You have a good team of yearlings that do need testing but don't take unnecessary risks to get that 1st. Hopefully you will get that first but you are in it for the long hall so no rush. Keep building that team and experience and you will get there. My advice for what it's worth is if you get a bird that shows real promise don't throw it away chasing glory, use it to build for the future.isaacs wrote: ↑December 7th, 2017, 7:36 pmGood thread Andy its interesting to see what goals other members are aiming for next year.
My goals :-
Next year will only be my 2nd season and my ybs did me very proud last year, but now as they are near on yearlings i will be testing them with bigger challenges with races up to 376 miles and across the water.
My aim this year is to continue developing a team that can become a reliable basis of my loft for the future.
The ones that do make it through this year will have done well and proven themselves.... I hope some do make it through!.
Regarding prizes I got club cards in every YB race I entered last year 2nds and 3rds, but i didn't get a 1st!, so will be nice to get a 1st club at some point this year.
In years to come my goals and aims will higher but I prefer to take things a step at a time with continued steady improvements year on year.
Eventually In years to come i will want to send to classics, nationals and bicc races etc, but I am where I am at the moment....a self confessed newbie
Good luck to everyone I hope we achieve our goals and please everyone good or bad keep us all updated you know I will
Good luck mate.
And trench thanks for advice mate I do already share you're thoughts exactly on this regarding chasing a 1st win.
Last year the chaps at my club said I was looking on course to get a 1st as consistently up there at club whilst all other members were quickly getting wiped out yet i had only few losses.
I got up to furthest YB distance midway through the YB season after 5 races and then i just stopped racing them because of the moult and the fact i felt they had enough experiance with 5 races and had gone to the furthest race point and anything more was not going to help the birds much more.
The chaps at club said I was silly and should keep sending as my birds looked likely to soon get win and the novice cup/trophy.
But I didn't chase the win or the novice cup and put birds first not taking a chance.
My long term goals are more important then short term win.
Although in Hines sight now that i do know a bit more about the pigeon moult i probably should of sent for a few more races and that decision probably could of cost me a big fat cup
If in doubt I air on safety mate.
Me and you trench do seem to view things a similar way. I notice this quite a bit on our posts.